Bibliographic information: Trueman, T. (2000). Stuck in Neutral. New York: HarperCollins.
Annotation: This book is about a boy named Shawn who has cerebral palsy. He has numerous seizures and his family does’t understand the disease. They think that he is suffering, but in reality he likes the seizures and he wants to live. He doesn’t have control to tell his family this, so his life is in their hands. At the end of the book his life is in his dad’s hands to decide what he thinks is best for his son as he falls unconscious into another seizure.
Grade Level: 3-4
Readers who will like this book: People learning about cerebral palsy, people who feel stuck, or learning about other disabilities as well.
Personal Response and Rating: I give this book a 5/5. I thought it was really good! It was an exciting book.
Text Dependent Question: Why did Shawn’s dad struggle with Shawn’s illness so much?
Award Winner: Printz Honor Book. The Michael L. Printz Award annually honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature.